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Saturday, April 30, 2005

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Fact or Crap?


Fact or Crap?


Consuming too many carrots can turn your skin orange.







Fact! Carrots contain beta carotene, a substance found in many yellow-orange and dark green plants that the body converts into vitamin A. Eating too much beta carotene can turn skin orange or yellow-orange, but the effect is not considered harmful.

Carrot Top

Pope’s views against gays are long and detailed


In the weeks since the death of Pope John Paul II, Germany’s Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger played a public role unprecedented in its visibility for the man who would go on to be chosen as the Catholic Church’s next leader.


On April 18, as the cardinals prepared to enter their secret conclave in the Sistine Chapel, Ratzinger again celebrated the Mass and delivered a homily in which he decried the “dictatorship of relativism” he saw infecting the increasingly secular Western world. He then presided over the conclave as dean of the College of Cardinals.


The world has probably never before gotten such a high profile preview of a papacy to come.


Yet for many gay men and lesbians the name Joseph Ratzinger was hardly one first encountered in 2005. In fact, the fame—or more precisely, infamy—of the man now known as Pope Benedict XVI dates back to at least Halloween 1986.


On October 1, 1986, Ratzinger, as leader of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a leading Vatican office responsible for theological pronouncements, issued a “Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons,” the first major Vatican pronouncement on gay people in 11 years. The words and arguments Ratzinger chose staggered gays and lesbians worldwide, but perhaps nowhere more than in the U.S., where the queer community was just beginning to coalesce around a strategy for fighting a five-year-old health menace.



Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger



Ratzinger noted that his Congregation had addressed the issue in late 1975, when a “Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics” was issued, stating that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered.” The earlier letter, issued under Pope Paul VI, certainly put the church in opposition to the nascent gay rights movement, but coming as it did just two years after the American Psychological Association removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders, the statement was not particularly out of step with the times.


Ratzinger, in fact, apparently worried that the 1975 statement did not go far enough. He noted that in the public discussion that followed the Declaration, “an overly benign interpretation was given to the homosexual condition itself, some going so far as to call it neutral, or even good.” For the sake of removing ambiguity, he went on to write, “Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil; and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder.” Pathology was thus married to moral harm.




Ratzinger addressed one other burning matter in his letter — the potential culpability of the church in anti-gay violence — in similarly disingenuous fashion: “It is deplorable that homosexual persons have been and are the object of violent malice in speech or in action. Such treatment deserves condemnation,” he began, before quickly supplying the church with a perfect alibi: “When homosexual activity is… condoned, or when civil legislation is introduced to protect behavior to which no one has any conceivable right, neither the Church nor society at large should be surprised when other distorted notions and practices gain ground, and irrational and violent reactions increase.”


It was in this way that Pope John Paul II first entered the gay rights debate in significant measure, more than eight years into his papacy. The effect on gay and AIDS activists here in New York was profound. For years following the “Halloween Letter,” the block of Fifth Avenue in front of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral became the most contested ground during the annual Gay Pride March, with demonstrators shouting “Shame, Shame, Shame” in front of the shuttered and heavily protected church. For several years, marchers also carried signs with caricatures of Ratzinger as a rat dictating anti-gay nostrums.


In an e-mail blast circulated last week, the writer and Sirius radio talk show host Michelangelo Signorile recounted a zap carried out by members of ACT UP in January 1988 against Ratzinger, when he appeared at St. Peter’s Church in the Citicorp Center in Midtown along with the late Cardinal John O’Connor. But as AIDS activism cooled in the ‘90s and the gay rights movement mainstreamed, anger at, perhaps even awareness of Ratzinger diminished, but there was no corresponding diminution of interest on the cardinal’s part. Instead, he stayed in the game. In 1992, the Vatican declared that discrimination against gays was “not unjust” if it involved adoption, foster care, teaching or military service. More recently, in July 2003, just one day after President George W. Bush made his strongest statement to that point regarding a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, Ratzinger issued yet another letter, “Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexuals.” Though it broke no new doctrinal ground, it was clearly a bid to stunt the growing movement toward acceptance of gay and lesbian unions, which Ratzinger termed a “troubling moral and social phenomenon.” Heterosexual marriage, he wrote, is “holy, while homosexual acts go against the natural law.” And in a clear warning to Catholic politicians, he continued, “Those who would move from tolerance to the legitimization of specific rights for cohabiting homosexual persons need to be reminded that the approval or legalization of evil is something far different from the toleration of evil.”


Ratzinger’s efforts on the gay rights question, however, have not been confined to theological treatises issued on dusty parchment. Ratzinger over and over again played the role of activist enforcer. Those who persisted in publicly challenging papal teachings on key policy questions have been called to account before Ratzinger in Rome, they have been investigated, in some cases they have been silenced, and, in a few exceptional situations, they have been excommunicated.


The penultimate of those sanctions was issued against two American religious leaders—Father Robert Nugent and Sister Jeannine Gramick—who, beginning in 1977, operated New Ways Ministry, a pastoral effort headquartered in Mt. Ranier, MD, near Washington D.C., to work with gay and lesbian Catholics and their families and also to assist other church leaders, including parish priests, educators and hospital chaplains in understanding their gay flock. Their work won them deep affection from many gay Catholics, including Dignity, but also raised the ire of Ratzinger. After an investigation that stretched for years, Ratzinger in 1999 ordered the two to desist from pastoral work with gay and lesbian Catholics. When the two continued speaking out about their investigation by the Vatican, Ratzinger demanded that their respective religious orders compel their silence through their vow of obedience. Nugent complied, and took up new work in Pennsylvania, but Gramick, stating, “I choose not to collaborate in my own oppression,” decided to leave her order and become affiliated with a more progressive order of nuns, the Sisters of Loretto.


Several years ago, when Gramick was in New York to accept an award from Dignity NY, she related a story of enduring a chance 30-minute encounter with Ratzinger on a flight between Rome and Munich during the time he was investigating her. In an television interview last week, she recalled that her impression at the time was, “He is a very kind and holy man, but he is very rigid.”


But, she pulled no punches in describing her reaction to Ratzinger’s elevation to the papacy. “My heart went down to my feet. I was so despondent,” she told the Washington Post.


“I think Jesus is very disappointed,” she said in a Baltimore television interview.


Father Jim Morris, an openly gay priest on leave from the Brooklyn diocese, said: “There’s always a danger, always a loss in people leaving. But there are enormous numbers of Catholic activists in pockets all across this country who are just as likely to be energized by something like this. Catastrophic events like the election of Benedict XVI can only help these movements in my opinion.”


Ratzinger was “the worst possible candidate for us, the absolute worst,” Morris said, adding, “Maybe that’s what it will take to lead to real demands from the people of God for structural change.”

*By Paul Schindler (Editor in chief of Gay City News, sister publication of Downtown Express.)


SASKATCHEWAN FUNNIES ......


These are whacky Saskatchewan jokes fer ya !

The owner of a golf course in Saskatchewan was confused about paying an invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help. He called her into his office and said, "You graduated from The University of Saskatchewan and I need some help. If I were to give you $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?"

The secretary thought a moment, then replied, "Everything but my earrings."

{You gotta love those Saskatchewan women.}


A group of Saskatchewan friends went deer hunting and paired off in twos for the day. That night, one of the hunters returned alone, staggering under the weight of an eight-point buck.

"Where's Henry?" the others asked. "Henry had a stroke of some kind. He's a couple of miles back up the trail," the successful hunter replied.

"You left Henry laying out there and carried the deer back?" they inquired.
"A tough call," nodded the hunter. "But I figured no one is going to steal Henry!"


A senior in Saskatchewan was overheard saying .. "when the end of the world comes, I hope to be in Saskatchewan." When asked why, he replied he'd rather be in Saskatchewan because everything happens in Saskatchewan 20 years later than in the rest of the civilized world.


The young man from Saskatchewan came running into the store and said to his buddy, "Bubba, somebody just stole your pickup truck from the parking lot!" Bubba replied, "Did you see who it was?

"The young man answered, "I couldn't tell, but I got the license number."


NEWS FLASH! - Saskatchewan's worst air disaster occurred when a small two-seater Cessna 150 plane, piloted by two University of Saskatchewan students, crashed into a cemetery earlier today. Search and Rescue workers have recovered 300 bodies so far and expect the number to climb as digging continues into the evening.

The pilot and copilot survived and are helping in the recovery efforts.


The Saskatchewan RCMP pulled over a pickup on Highway 16. The RCMP officer asked, "Got any ID?" The driver replied, "Bout whut?


A man in Saskatchewan had a flat tire, pulled off on the side of the road, and proceeded to put a bouquet of flowers in front of the car and one behind it. Then he got back in the car to wait.

A passerby studied the scene as he drove by and was so curious he turned around and went back. He asked the fellow what the problem was.

The man replied, "I have a flat tire." The passerby asked, "But what's with the flowers?"

The man responded, "When you break down they tell you to put flares in the front and flares in the back! I never did understand it either."

HOW TO PREVENT AIRLINE HI-JACKINGS ......


Hijacking area


Dear Sirs,

I have a solution for the prevention of hi-jackings and at the same time getting our airline industry back on its feet.



Since men of the Muslim religion are not allowed to look at naked women, we should replace all of our female flight attendants with strippers!



Muslims would be afraid to get on the planes for fear of seeing a naked woman, and of course, every businessman in the country would start flying again in hope of seeing a naked women.


Hi-jackings would end and the airline industry would have record sales ...... (West Jet take note)!



Why didn't Bush think of this? Why do I still have to do everything myself?



*Thanks, Auntie 'M'

The Nuns


Nun Three nuns passed every day through a street that led them from Church to a Reformatory. They noticed a parrot that stood at the entrance of a big residential house. Every time they passed in front of that house, the bird would pronounce three sequential colors.

One day, they heard, "yellow, blue, black." One of the nuns noticed that those colors perfectly matched the colors of their underwear. She mentioned her discovery to the other two nuns, but both were reluctant to believe that could be possible.

The next day, they all wore black underwear and passed in front of the house, and very precisely the parrot spoke, "black, black, black."

Hearing that, the three nuns were astonished! One of the nuns spoke up, "Girls, tomorrow we are going to trick that bird." Saying that, she recommended that the next day, none of them should be wearing any underwear under their vestments.

Respecting their agreement, the next day they wore no underwear, and proceeded to pass in front of the parrot's house. They peeked at the bird.

At first the parrot looked a bit puzzled, he swung back and forth on the cane he was perched on. Then, after a while, the Parrot said, "Straight, Straight, Curly!"


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Aint this the Truth


Bunny with Canadian Flag

I Am Canadian!



I am a minority in Vancouver, Banff, and every casino in this county



I was born in 1972, yet I am responsible for some Native's great great grandfather who screwed himself out of his land in the 1800's.



I pay import tax on cars made in Ontario.



I am allowed to skydive and smoke, but not allowed to drive without a seat belt.



All the money I make up until mid July must go to paying taxes.



I live and work among people who believe Americans are ignorant. These same people cannot name this country's new Territory.



Although I am sometimes forced to live on Kraft Dinner, and don't have a pot to piss in, I sleep well, knowing that I've helped purchase a nice six figure home in Vancouver for some unskilled Chinese refugee.



Although they are unpatriotic and constantly try to separate, Quebec still provides my nation's Prime Ministers.



95percent of my nation's international conflicts are over fish.



I'm supposed to call black people African Canadians. Although I'm sure none of them have ever been to Africa, or east of Halifax for that matter.



I believe that paying a 200 percent tax on alcohol is fair.



Even if I have no idea what happened to that old rifle my grandfather gave me when I was 14, I will be considered a criminal if I don't register it.



I DO know Jeff from Toronto.



I often badmouth the United States, and then vacation there three times a year.



I'm led to believe that some lazy ass unionized broom pusher who makes 30 dollars an hour is underpaid and therefore must go on strike, but paying 10 dollars an hour to someone who works 12 hour shifts at 40 below on an oil rig is fair.



I believe that paying 30 million for 3 stripes (The Voice of Fire) by the National Art Gallery was a good purchase, even though 99 percent of this country didn't want it. Or will ever see it.



When I look at my pay stub and realize that I take home a third of what I actually make. I say "Oh well, at least we have better health care than the Americans".



I must bail out farmers when their crops are too wet or too dry, because I control the rain.



My National Anthem has versions in both official languages. And I don't know either of them.



Canada is the highest taxed nation in North America, the biggest military buffer for the United States, and the number one destination for fleeing boat people.



I am not an angry white male.



I am an angry broke taxpayer.



My name is John, and I AM CANADIAN.


*Thanks, 'M'

So That's Why....


Why the skeloten DIDN'T cross the road...

Friday, April 29, 2005

That Royal Wedding......


On the evening of the Royal wedding, Camilla was becoming somewhat uncomfortable in her regal attire: Unfortunately, the shoes she had worn that day were a bit too small and, by the time the festivities were over, Camilla's feet were in agony.

When Camilla and Charles withdrew to their bridal suite, the only thing she could think of was getting her ill-fitting shoes off.

The rest of the Royal Family crowded round the door to the bedroom and they heard roughly what they expected, grunts, straining noises and the occasional muffled scream.

Eventually they heard Charles say, "God, that was tight."

"There," whispered the Queen. "I told you Camilla was a virgin."

Then, to their surprise, they heard Charles say, "Right. Now for the other one."

This was followed by even more grunting and straining and at last Charles exclaimed, "My God! That was even tighter!"

"That's my boy," said the Duke. "Once a sailor, always a sailor!"



*Thanks, Daryn!

Fact or Crap?


Fact or Crap?


A group of owls is called an owlet.







CRAP! It is called a parliament or a wisdom. Baby owls are called owlets. Owls generally travel in pairs or individually, but they can be seen traveling in groups outside of the mating season.

A Parliament of Owls

All About Farts

Farts for Dummies

A fart can be quiet,
A fart can be loud,
Some leave a powerful,
Poisonous cloud

A fart can be short,
Or a fart can be long,
Some farts have been known
To sound like a song......

A fart can create
A most curious medley,
A fart can be harmless,
Or silent , but deadly.

A fart might not smell,
While others are vile,
A fart may pass quickly,
Or linger a while......

A fart can occur
In a number of places,
And leave everyone there,
With strange looks on their faces.

From wide-open prairie,
To small elevators,
A fart will find all of
Us sooner or later.

But not all farts are bad,
This is simply not true-
We must not forget.......
some old farts like you!
HYUK!


*Auntie 'M'

Watermelons!


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The Cow From Saskatchewan


The only cow in a small town in Alberta stopped giving milk.The people did some research and found they could buy a cow up in Melfort, Saskatchewan, for $200. They bought the cow from Saskatchewan and the cow was wonderful. It produced lots of milk all of the time, and the people were pleased and very happy.



They decided to acquire a bull to mate with the cow and produce more cows like it.They would never have to worry about their milk supply again.They bought a bull and put it in the pasture with their beloved cow.However, whenever the bull came close to the cow, the cow would move away. No matter what approach the bull tried, the cow would move away from the bull and he could not succeed in his quest.



The people were very upset and decided to ask the Vet, who was very wise, what to do.They told the Vet what was happening. "Whenever the bull approaches our cow, she moves away.

If he approaches from the back, she moves forward.When he approaches her from the front, she backs off.An approach from the side and she walks away to the other side."



The Vet thinks about this for a minute and asked, "Did you buy this cow in Saskatchewan?"



The people were dumbfounded, since they had never mentioned where they bought the cow. "You are truly a wise Vet," they said."How did you know we got the cow in Saskatchewan?"



The Vet replied with a distant look in his eye, "My wife is from Saskatchewan."



*Auntie 'M'

Remember this every time you pass that little penny in the parking lot.


I always thought that it was for Good Luck, but I love this version better:




Canadian Penny

I found a penny today
Just laying on the ground.
But it's not just a penny,
this little coin I've found.

Found pennies come from heaven,
That's what my Grandpa told me.
He said Angels toss them down.
Oh, how I loved that story.

He said when an Angel misses you,
They toss a penny down.
Sometimes just to cheer you up,
To make a smile out of your frown.

So, don't pass by that penny,
When you're feeling blue. It may be a penny from heaven,
that an Angel's tossed to you.

So now pass this on to the people who you care about
and who you feel are Angels to you,
I just did.
An Angel is now watching over you.

Have A Great Day!



*Auntie 'M'

Saskatchewan Water Cooler!


What's with Regina and Pilsner? Great Western Light is the way to go!


*Auntie 'M' :O)

This is interesting - try it

I would like to know who came up with this, and why that person is not running the Internal Revenue Service or my monthly expenditures. If the answer isn't obvious, you didn't do it right.

1. Grab a calculator (you won't be able to do this one in your head).
2. Key in the first three digits of your phone number (NOT the area code)
3. Multiply by 80.
4. Add 1.
5. Multiply by 250.
6. Add the last 4 digits of your phone number.
7. Add the last 4 digits of your phone number again.
8. Subtract 250 .
9. Divide number by 2.


Do you recognize the answer?



*Thanks, Auntie 'M'

An Old Farmer's Advice:


Smiling Old Farmer

* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

* Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance.

* Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

* A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

* Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.

* Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.

* Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

* Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

* It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.

* You cannot unsay a cruel word.

* Every path has a few puddles.

* When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

* The best sermons are lived, not preached.

* Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.

* Don't judge folks by their relatives.

* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

* Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.

* Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't botherin' you none.

* Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

* If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

* Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

* The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.

* Always drink upstream from the herd.

* Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

* Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.

* If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some
influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

* Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.



*Auntie 'M'

ACTUAL AUSTRALIAN COURT DOCKET 12659


---CASE OF THE PREGNANT LADY-------

A lady about 8 months pregnant got on a bus. She noticed the man opposite her was smiling at her. She immediately moved to another seat. This time the smile turned into a grin, so she moved again. The man seemed more amused. When on the fourth move, the man Burst out laughing, she complained to the driver and he had the man arrested. The case came up in court. The judge asked the man (about 20 years old) what he had to say for himself.

The man replied, 'Well, your Honor, it was like this: When the lady got on the bus, I couldn't help but notice her condition. She sat under a sweets sign that said, "The Double Mint Twins are Coming," and I grinned. Then she moved and sat under a sign that said, "Logan's Liniment will reduce the swelling," and I had to smile. Then she placed herself under a deodorant sign that said, "William's Big Stick Did the Trick," and I could hardly contain myself. BUT, your Honor, when she moved the fourth time and sat under a sign that said: "Goodyear Rubber could have prevented this accident.”... I just lost it.

----CASE DISMISSED!!---



*Thanks, Auntie 'M'

LIFE BEFORE THE COMPUTER


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Memory was something you lost with age
An application was for employment
A program was a TV show
A cursor used profanity

A keyboard was a piano
A web was a spider's home
A virus was the flu
A CD was a bank account

A hard drive was a long trip on the road
A mouse pad was where a mouse lived
And if you had a 3 inch floppy ..

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Fact or Crap?


Fact or Crap?


Supermodel Cindy Crawford has a twin sister.







CRAP! Crawford has two sisters, but neither is a twin. Cindy is the middle child, sandwiched by older sister Chris and younger sibling Danielle. The trio was featured in the June 2000 issue of Good Housekeeping.

Supermodel Cindy Crawford

Beautiful Photo!


Beautiful at Dusk

HYUK!


2 Eagles

Two eagles are soaring along when suddenly a passenger jet screams past them. One eagle says to the other, "Wow, did you see how fast that thing was moving?" The other replies, "Yeah. You'd move fast too if you had three ass holes and they were all on fire!"


A guy came into a bar one day

A guy came into a bar one day and said to the barman "Give me six double vodkas."

The barman says "Wow! you must have had one hell of a day."

"Yes, I've just found out my older brother is gay."

The next day the same guy came into the bar and asked for the same drinks. When the bartender asked what the problem was today the answer came back, "I've just found out that my younger brother is gay too!"

On the third day the guy came into the bar and ordered another six double vodkas. The bartender said "Jesus! Doesn't anybody in your family like women?"

"Yeah, my wife..."



*Thanks, Daryn

She's 20...He's 80


----- It was the stir of the town when an 80 year old man married a 20 year old girl. After a year of marriage she went into the hospital to give birth.

The nurse came out to congratulate the fellow saying, "This is amazing. How do you do it at your age?"

He answered, "You've got to keep that old motor running."

The following year the young bride gave birth again.

The same nurse said, you really are amazing...How do you do it?

He again said, "You've got to keep the old motor running."

The same thing happened the next year. The nurse said, "Well, well you certainly are quite a man!"

He responded "You've got to keep that old motor running."

The nurse then said, "Well you better change the oil. This one's black!!!"



*Thanks 'M'

A Cocky Story


An old man was sitting on a bench at the mall.

A teenager sat down next to him. He had spiked hair that was red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.

The old man stared.

Whenever the teen looked, the old man was staring.

Finally, the teenager said sarcastically: "What's the matter, old boy, never done anything wild in your life?"

Without missing a beat the old man replied: "Got drunk once and had sex with a peacock, just wondering if you were my son."



*Thanks, Pam :O)

one dollar and eleven cents ...


A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet. She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times, even. The total had to be exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes. Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall's Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door.

She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention but he was too busy at this moment. Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged iton the glass counter. That did it!

And what do you want?" the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice. I'm talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven't seen in ages," he said without waiting for a reply to his question "Well, I want to talk to you about my brother," Tess answered backin the same annoyed tone. "He's really, really sick..and I want to buy a miracle."

I beg your pardon?" said the pharmacist.

"His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now So how much does a miracle cost?" "We don't sell miracles here, little girl. I'm sorry but I can't help you," the pharrmacist said, softening a little. "Listen, I have the money to pay forit. If it isn't enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs."

The pharmacist's brother was a well dressed man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, "What kind of a miracle does your brother need?" I don't know," Tess replied with her eyes welling up. I just know he's really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can't pay for it, so I want to use my money."

How much do you have?" asked the manfrom Chicago. One dollar and eleven cents," Tess answered barely audibly. And it's all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to." Well, what a coincidence," smiled the man. "A dollar and eleven cents--- the exact price of a miracle for little brothers."


He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said "Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet yourparents.

Let's see if I have the miracle you need." That well dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery.

The operation was completed free of charge and it wasn't long until Andrew was home again and doing well.. Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place. That surgery," her Mom whispered. "was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?"

Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost...one dollar and eleven cents ... plus the faith of a little child.. In our lives, we never know how many miracles we will need.. A miracle is not the suspension of natural law, but the operation of a higher law...



*Thanks, Pam!

Did They Mean To Do That?


Pole in Road

Urgent Appeal: Equal Marriage is in Danger! / Appel important : le droit égal au mariage est en danger!


I Do Means I DO!


Canadians believe "enough is enough"

Canadians for Equal Marriage urgently needs your financial support. There are enough supportive MPs to pass Bill C-38, the Equal Marriage Bill currently before Parliament, but the Bill is still in trouble. Stephen Harper is obstructing the progress of the Bill in the House of Commons. If an election is called before the Bill passes, then it will die. And equal marriage will be sure to be a major election issue. If Stephen Harper wins that election, he has promised to take away lesbian and gay couples' right to marry.

Canadians for Equal Marriage urgently needs your financial support if we are to prepare for an election. We cannot wait for the election to be called ­ that will be too late. We need your help now.

Legal experts from across the country spoke out prior to the vote to reject Harper's claim the equal marriage can be denied to same-sex couples without use of the Notwithstanding Clause of the Charter.

Representing the views of over 130 Canadian law professors, Martha Jackson (constitutional law professor from the University of Ottawa) rejected any legal credibility of Harper's position. "Stephen Harper's motion is based on the disingenuous assertion that Parliament can take away civil marriage from same-sex couples without using the notwithstanding clause"

Canadians believe opposition to bill fuels anti-gay discrimination


VOTE PORTANT SUR LE DROIT ÉGAL AU MARIAGE PRÉVU POUR
LE 19 AVRIL

Les Canadiens et les canadiennes croient que l'opposition au projet de loi devient la force de discrimination anti-gai.



The first do-or-die vote on the equal marriage bill is expected in the House of Commons on April 19.



C'Mon Canada! Show your PRIDE!
C'Mon Canada! Show your PRIDE!


The second-reading vote determines whether the bill is approved in principle. If passed, the bill then goes to a legislative committee which will hold public hearings, discuss amendments to the legislation and then return it to the Commons for the final vote there. The same steps must then be repeated in the Senate before the bill becomes law.


A second-reading vote had originally been expected April 12. Instead, there will likely be a vote that day simply on Conservative leader Stephen Harper's unconstitutional proposal for "civil unions". Using procedural tactics, the Conservatives are then triggering a second debate on the issue, delaying the vote by one more week.


Debate resumes in the Commons on Monday. You can watch the debate live on CPAC or read the verbatim transcript at www.equal-marriage.ca.

Canadiens et Canadiennes pour le droit égal au mariage a grand besoin de votre soutien financier. Un nombre suffisant de députés appuient le projet de loi C-38 pour en assurer l'adoption, mais cela n'empêche pas le projet de loi d'être en danger. En effet, Stephen Harper s'emploie à ralentir le processus à la Chambre des communes. Si une élection est déclenchée avant l'adoption du projet de loi, celui-ci mourra au feuilleton, et le droit égal au mariage deviendra sûrement un enjeu électoral majeur. Et si Stephen Harper devient premier ministre, il a promis de révoquer le droit au mariage des gais et des lesbiennes.

Canadiens et Canadiennes pour le droit égal au mariage a grand besoin de votre soutien financier pour se préparer à une élection. Nous ne pouvons attendre le déclenchement de l'élection, car il sera alors trop tard. Nous avons besoin de votre appui maintenant.

Quatre étapes pour assure le droit égal au mariage :
1. ACTION AUX DÉPUTÉS
2. SIGNER NOTRE PÉTITION
3. FAIRE UN DON
4. INFORMER VOS AMIS

Canadians for Equal Marriage Needs Your Help!

Canada is at an historic moment. With your help, Canada could soon become a leader in human rights, internationally by legalising same sex marriage across the country.

Four steps to ensure equal marriage:
1. MP ACTION
2. SIGN THE PETITION
3. DONATE TO CAMPAIGN
4. INVITE YOUR FRIEND

Equality opponents have a deliberate strategy of using their deep pockets to try to drag out the debate as long as possible. They hope the minority Liberal government will fall in the Commons before the legislation is passed. If you have not yet had a chance to contribute to Canadians For Equal Marriage, to help our grassroots campaign to match the efforts of our well-funded adversaries, please go to www.equal-marriage.ca/donate.php right now.

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GLBT Rainbow PRIDE Flag


Meanwhile, CTV News reported earlier this month that vigorous opposition to the equal-marriage bill has led many Canadians to conclude that anti-gay discrimination is on the rise.

According to a the Ipsos-Reid survey, conducted for CTV News, 39 per cent of Canadians believe the recent debate has made the situation worse for gays and lesbians.

In contrast, fewer than one in 10 believe the discourse has decreased prejudice.

Comparing the findings from province to province, those living in the Prairies were more likely to believe the debate had increased discrimination. In Saskatchewan and Manitoba, for example, 58 per cent believe discrimination has increased as a result. In Alberta, the figure is 52 per cent.

Quebec is at the other end of the spectrum, with only 28 per cent agreeing that the debate has increased intolerance.

Marriage is a fundamental right

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Fact or Crap?


Fact or Crap?


The dog on the Cracker Jack® box is named Jack.







CRAP! His name is Bingo. The sailor boy on the box is named Sailor Jack. These two characters first appeared on Cracker Jack boxes in 1918, after the baseball song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” made the crunchy treat famous.

CrackerJack and Bingo